Smashing an $800 Lego Super Star Destroyer in slo-mo is heart breaking

For May the Fourth the folks at Wired decided to recreate one of the final scenes in Return of the Jedi where Vader’s Super Star Destroyer crashes head first into the Death Star and explodes. Except that instead of using a CG simulation, or even a movie-caliber model, they simply dropped the hard-to-find $800 Lego… » 5/04/15 2:11pm 16 minutes ago

Behold the Stupidest Government Report EVER

The drought in America is historic, affecting more than 30 percent of the United States and 37 percent of the lower 48 states. My friend, John Fleck , who used to write about nukes at the Albuquerque Journal, is the doyen of all things water in the west, and when we met last year in New Mexico, he put the fear of God… » 5/04/15 2:11pm 17 minutes ago

An Array of Machines Sensed the Nepal Earthquake from 8,000 Miles Away

When a massive earthquake struck Nepal on April 25, it created seismic waves that traveled around the world in a matter of minutes, propagating swiftly through Earth’s crust and mantle to rattle seismic stations in the US. The Nepal quake was devastating, but the fact that it was felt 8,000 miles away is actually not… » 5/04/15 1:15pm Today 1:15pm

Today's Best Deals: Roku Stick, Bluetooth Speakers, Fitbit, and More

Here are the best of today’s deals. Get every great deal every day on Kinja Deals, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to never miss a deal, join us on Kinja Gear to read about great products, and on Kinja Co-Op to help us find the best. » 5/04/15 1:15pm Today 1:15pm

Why Scientific American's Predictions from 10 Years Ago Were So Wrong

Recently, we did an experiment: We took an outdated issue of a respected popular science magazine, Scientific American, and researched exactly what happened to the highly-touted breakthroughs of the era that would supposedly change everything. What we discovered is just how terrible we are at predicting the long arc… » 5/04/15 12:40pm Today 12:40pm

Last Night’s Game Of Thrones Was Actually Pretty Hard To Watch

Two different groups of scary fanatics went on a rampage in the latest Game of Thrones episode, and it was pretty upsetting to watch, even by Thrones standards. The Sons of the Harpy and the Sparrows both want to restore old traditions, and they both build on the weaknesses of two very different queens.Spoilers… » 5/04/15 12:17pm Today 12:17pm

We Live With 80,000 Untested Chemicals in Consumer Products

The hundreds of thousands of chemicals that are packed into our homes and lives are what make modern consumerism possible, keeping our food fresh and our walls from molding. They are also, in many cases, completely untested and backed by giant corporations with a financial stake in their successful adoption. » 5/04/15 11:45am Today 11:45am

Facebook Opens Up Internet.org Platform, Tramples All Over User Privacy

In a video announcing the new Internet.org platform, Mark Zuckerberg’s eyes beam straight through your soul, while he tells you dryly how Facebook is going to fix the internet. “Facebook is watching you…” his eyes say silently. Internet.org, it turns out, is a privacy nightmare.
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New Star Wars Photos Reveal The Villain, A Space Pirate And Lots More

Good news, everyone! JJ Abrams killed Jar Jar Binks (probably). Also, Vanity Fair has Star Wars: The Force Awakens set pics with lots of new information, including what’s behind the main villain’s mask, a brand new space pirate, and much, much more. » 5/04/15 11:33am Today 11:33am

Video: Anodizing titanium reveals so many beautiful colors

Here’s a fun video showing the rainbow of colors that anodized titanium can become. There are blues and purples and gold and it all changes so fast. It’s basically magic (or science!) that just applying voltage to a piece of titanium in an electrolytic bath can transform the color completely. » 5/04/15 11:13am Today 11:13am

6 Sites and Apps to Help You Learn a Language for Free

Learning a foreign language boosts brain activity, broadens your cultural horizons, and helps you avoid catastrophes when ordering from a menu in an unfamiliar country. You don’t necessarily have to sign up for classes or pay for a course to get started though—these sites and apps will get you on your way for free. » 5/04/15 10:53am Today 10:53am

Star Wars Fans Are Going To Absolutely Love These New Collectibles

Today in Anaheim, California, Star Wars Celebration 2015 kicks off in one of the best years to ever be a Star Wars fan. Not only does Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters in December bringing with it new characters and the original cast, but ThinkGeek has just revealed a huge collection of Star Wars-themed… » 5/04/15 9:52am Today 9:52am

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On average, men keep the same pair of underwear for seven years. That’s a long time, but not exactly surprising when you consider how easy it is to continually put off underwear shopping. Enter MeUndies - they deliver premium underwear straight to your door. Get 20% off your first order with MeUndies, the… » 5/01/15 3:26pm Friday 3:26pm

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Save Over $100 On This Retro Style Bluetooth Speaker

Looking for a bluetooth speaker with a little class? Not only does the Veho M6 feature spectacular sound, it comes in a distinctly retro style complete with brushed aluminum and a vintage leather strap. It usually runs for $180, but Gizmodo readers can save 66% with code VEHO5. » 5/01/15 4:30pm Friday 4:30pm